Two men were severely wounded after a fire broke out Saturday afternoon in a Teva Pharmaceutical factory located in Neot Hovav, south of Beersheba. A medical team that arrived at the scene rushed the men, aged 40 and 25, to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for emergency treatment.

The men suffered from third degree burns on over 50% of their bodies, Channel 10 News reported.

The blaze apparently began after a spark ignited flammable fumes which had been released from a vat in the factory. The fire was put out a short while later, and the fumes were contained.

An initial Police investigation maintained that no hazardous or poisonous chemicals had been released to the air during the incident, Walla reported.